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Teenage Australian ace Destanee Aiava has crashed to a disappointing first-round loss in French Open qualifying in Paris.
The 18-year-old let slip a golden opportunity to edge towards a main-draw berth at Roland Garros for the first time, collapsing from a set and a service break up in a 2-6 6-3 6-3 defeat to China's Fangzhou Liu on Wednesday.
After dominating the opening set and cruising at 3-1 up in the second, Aiava lost seven games straight to invite Liu back into the contest.
The errors continued to flow in the deciding set as Aiava - a former winner of the Longines Future Tennis Aces event at Roland Garros that earned her an exhibition match against the great Steffi Graf - failed to progress beyond the first round of qualifying for the second successive year.
Aiava was among eight Australians scheduled for action on a gloomy on Wednesday in the French capital, with Arina Rodionova and Olivia Rogowska also early casualties.
Seeded 15th, Rodionova fell 6-3 6-4 to French wildcard Harmony Tan, while Rogowska was on court for barely 10 minutes before exiting.
Resuming at one set all against Kathinka Von Deichmann, Rogowska lost four of the last six games in a 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 loss to the Liechtensteiner.
Rogowska, who lost the final of Australia's wildcard playoff to Isabelle Wallace on Sunday, stood within two points of victory on Tuesday night before heavy rain forced the suspension of play.
Fellow Australians Priscilla Hon and Lizette Cabrera are also trying to reach the second round of women's qualifying later on Wednesday.
Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis and rising star Akira Santillan feature in second-round men's qualifying action.
Tomic, Kokkinakis and Santillan need to win three matches to join Nick Kyrgios, Matt Ebden, John Millman, Jordan Thompson, James Duckworth and Alex de Minaur in the main draw.
Kyrgios's prospects of being fit for Sunday's start to the clay-court grand slam look to be on the up, with the Australian No.1 making a winning return to the court after almost six weeks out with an elbow injury.
Kyrgios teamed with American Jack Sock to record a first-round doubles victory at the ATP clay-court event in Lyon.
The pair's 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 win over Federico Delbonis and Joao Sousa was Kyrgios's first match since losing in the quarter-finals in Houston last month and returning home to Canberra for treatment.
The world No.23 has opted against playing singles this week.